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ink-stone / cover

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.609

  • Description

    Circular covered porcelain ink-stone. Underglaze blue with diaper bands around sides, and large roundel on top with a scholar holding a cassia branch and standing on a carp transforming itself into a dragon in turbulent waves. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 millimetres
    • Diameter: 152 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A609

    Circular ink stone and cover with a scholar holding a cassia branch


    The cover of the ink stone is painted with a moonlit scene. A scholar, holding a cassia branch, is shown standing on a carp, which is turning into a dragon, in waves. This is read as an emblem of good wishes for scholastic success. In traditional China, for the educated classes, social advancement was dependent on achievements within the civil service. Passing the imperial examinations could lead to a secure job within China’s extensive bureaucracy and in turn bring the scholar material rewards for himself and his family. The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 58, no. 53 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.53, no.A609 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 122-123, no. 52 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 pp 35-36, no.A609 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.609

Cylindrical covered porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with diaper bands around sides, and large roundel on top with a scholar holding a cassia branch and standing on a carp transforming itself into a dragon in turbulent waves. Inscription on base.

Cylindrical covered porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with diaper bands around sides, and large roundel on top with a scholar holding a cassia branch and standing on a carp transforming itself into a dragon in turbulent waves. Inscription on base.

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